This Week In…Discovery Buzz

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Happy Friday! Here’s what we’re buzzing about this week: Eli Roth Returns to Host Shark Week’s Late-Night Talk Show (Vanity Fair) Oprah Turns Over a New ‘Greenleaf’ with Acting Return (USA Today) Animal Planet Doc Shows Ecosystem Still in Turmoil Years after Chernobyl Disaster (Mashable) ‘Deadliest Catch’ Brings Viewers Aboard Fishing Vessels With Virtual Reality (The Hollywood Reporter) Naked and Afraid’s Matt Wright Proposes to His Girlfriend – and Yes, He’s…

‘Deadliest Catch’ Lets Fans Become Virtual Crew Members with Series of VR Experiences

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Where there’s a will, there’s a way! That’s the case for the production team of Deadliest Catch, at least, who set out last winter to capture 360-degree footage from the series despite the temperamental weather and turbulent seas. Working with our in-house Agency, the footage was later edited down into four immersive virtual reality experiences, transforming fans into virtual crew members. ‘Experience Life As a Crab’ is the first of four…

‘Life After: Chernobyl’ Explores Effects of Nuclear Explosion on Local Animal Populations

On April 26, 1986, a plume of radioactive fallout shot out from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant into the atmosphere, exposing millions of animals to high levels of radiation. Thirty years later, biologist Rob Nelson and anthropologist Mary-Ann Ochota are on a mission to uncover the devastating effects of the nuclear catastrophe – particularly how they have affected local animal populations. In Life After: Chernobyl follows Nelson and Ochota, the first to be granted unlimited access to all…

This Week In…Discovery Buzz

Happy Friday! This week we announced a couple new additions to the Discovery Communications family: Nathan Brown has been named Senior Vice President, Development & Operations and Patrice Andrews has been named General Manager of Animal Planet. Welcome, Nathan and Patrice! Here is some other news you may have missed: Why Many TV Networks Are Scrapping Pricey Upfront Spectacles (Adweek) Discovery Reaches Olympic TV deal with YLE in Finland (USA Today) Oprah Winfrey’s…

My Experience as a Discovery Communications INtern

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This week we say a reluctant goodbye our spring INterns. Approximately 80 students were part of the program this semester, working out of five of our U.S. offices: Silver Spring, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami. The INterns are always bright lights around here; there’s something uniquely special about their optimism, fresh perspectives and willingness to tackle anything head-on! We asked Erika Friend, an INtern on the corporate communications team, to write…

Discovery’s ‘Sherpa’ is a Lesson On Survival, Community and Resilience

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April 18, 2014: a massive avalanche is triggered on Mount Everest and 16 Sherpa have been killed, leaving a local community devastated. Suspended between what was supposed to happen and what happens next, production crews from across the world who had been filming on site for one reason or another packed their equipment and headed home, seemingly unable to proceed – or unsure how to. But the Sherpa film crew stayed. “We had no film, but we had…

Nominate Your Hero for American Heroes Channel’s ‘Red Bandanna Hero Award’

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American Heroes Channel (AHC) is honoring everyday heroes who exemplify the American spirit with their second annual ‘Red Bandanna Hero Award.’ Held in partnership with the Welles Remy Crowther Charitable Trust and The Huffington Post, the award is a celebration of the heroic life of Welles Remy Crowther, known for often wearing his red bandanna, who, according to survivor accounts, saved as many as 12 people during the 9/11 attacks. Last year’s inaugural recipient was Jake…

This Week In…Discovery Buzz

Happy Friday! Here’s what we’ve been buzzing about this past week: For Staff on ‘Naked and Afraid,’ Work is Just a Blur (New York Times) EXCLUSIVE: Scott Foley Has an Emotional Moment Upon Learning His Ancestor’s Ties to George Washington — Watch (Entertainment Tonight) I (Sort Of) Hosted a Show with President Obama! (Popular Science) President Obama Set as Weeklong Guest Host for Science Channel Nightly News Segment (Mashable) Matt and Amy Roloff…

New Series ‘Ghost Brothers’ Comes to Destination America This Friday

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Fashion designers by day, ghost hunters by night. Best friends Dalen Spratt, Juwan Mass and Marcus Harvey are the newest paranormal investigation team to head to Destination America in the network’s new series Ghost Brothers, bringing fresh perspectives and comedic flair to seriously spooky endeavors.  After experiencing some unexplained happenings of their own, their interest in the supernatural was piqued – and since 2011, the dynamic trio have been on a mission to learn more. In Ghost Brothers, Dalen, Juwan and Marcus will…

‘The Last Alaskans’ Makes Its Debut on Discovery

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In 1980, the U.S. government banned new human occupation in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a wilderness roughly the size of South Carolina that’s home to thousands of native animals. Only those families currently residing on the protected land may remain there, which today amounts to a handful of families spread across seven cabins. In under 100 years, these families’ permits will expire and human occupation in the wilderness will cease to exist, making those…